Poetry

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Ritual

this is how you heat the comb. set the stove to medium and place the metal teeth atop. part section of blown dry locs. pat comb to palm to test its fervor. this is how you hold your ear. get as close to scalp as possible.

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Stop worrying about tomorrow

by Allen Nanfuka

Look at the birds–they don’t sow seeds, gather harvest, and put it in barns
yet the Lord takes care of them.
Aren’t you worth much more than birds?

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Humanity is Dying

by Allen Nanfuka

Let us stand up for those
who can’t speak for themselves,
for those who live their life in hell.

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Freedom

by Allen Nanfuka

The freedom you are looking for
is to be yourself and express yourself
instead of pleasing others.

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The boy gets his first coat

by Justin Danzy

There will be a door to your right. Open it. Walk through. Survey the room. Look at all the bodies, how they’re hanging like coats.

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A Voice in the Wilderness

by Marquise Griffin

There’s nothing new under the sun. That’s why I had to kill it.
The sun was just a big yellow wheel in the sky, doing the same thing over
and over and over. Rise and set. Rise and set. Routine is obscene. Repeats are for the mindless.

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An Ode to my Home

by Allen Nanfuka

Uganda, the pearl of Africa
This is my home
The land where my heart is at rest

Oh, Uganda!
Look at the copper field crickets
in the open sunlit grass
hovering over the warm wind.

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